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and so, i went on -- >> montana. >> and so i went searching for replacement coverage for the employees that had been laid off, only to find out that cobra doesn't apply to me because i have less than 20 employees. and that conservatively affects 80% of all workers in montana. so, they were pretty much out on their own. and i was wondering if what we can do to eliminate discrimination against small employers, as an example, we're a lumberyard, we're out there lifting boards and packing stuff all day long. every one of my remaining seven employees are fit. so, why are we and i as an employer able to provide a lesser level of benefits to my employees and yet an employer with 30 employees who sit in cubicles on their butts instead of working them off gets a better rate? >> that was a pretty good question. so, for all of you who are all sitting on your -- what did you call them? no. as i said, small businesses is probably as vulnerable as anybody. and one of the things that max has been working very hard on -- and this just doesn't get advertised, but i want to make sure e
his health care plan in montana, but is everybody buying what the president is selling? >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get. is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> reporter: plus, michael vick returns to the nfl after two years in prison for dogfighting. >> i was wrong for what i did. after everything that happened at that point in time, my life was wrong. to this day, i can't understand why i was involved in such pointless activity. >> not everyone is welcoming him with open arms. >> i'm just a little upset with it, because i'm such an animal lover. >> crazy signing. i don't know what they'll do with the public relations part of it. >> has vick paid enough of a price for his crime? >>> and the stories you may have missed this week. chuck grassley's blast at the president, and the town halls that didn't turn into shout fests. >>> plus, what happens when three rock gods get together on the same stage? warning. it might get loud. ♪ >>> hi, everybody. campbell brown off today. those are our big questions. but we start with our look at the stories
in a second. we understand this town hall meeting in montana today for president obama could be a little more rowdy, as you put it on politico than the new hampshire one. why? >> willie, when "morning joe" talks, the white house perks up, if we can continue our talk analogies here. >> sure. >> what did joe, what did chuck todd, what did pat buchanan say yesterday? they said the president would have been better off at that town hall this week if the president had answereded critics, had taken tough questions. it's not like president obama would be thrown off his script by some dude standing up in a town hall. so for this afternoon's montana edition, the white house gave out their tickets a little differently. instead of giving the tickets to supporters or more care-free controlled, they went to two town halls in montana and gave them out on a first served -- first curve -- that will ultimately be the question. first come first served basis so it may be a little more tougher questioning this time for colorado. in a day or two the president will go back to the white house method of ticketing. 1,
to a townhall in a conservative part of montana. the audience we were told was not prescreened. the meeting was more like a campaign rally than debate over health care. the president even getting a standing ovation. we have the story covered tonight beginning with the chief white house correspondent chuck todd now joining us from belgrade, montana, chuck. >>> good evening, ann. the president finished up the first of what are going to be back to back townhall meetings out west. colorado happens tomorrow. awful this part of an opportunity to try to regain the political momentum in his push for health care reform. president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow, for what was billed as a townhall on health care but at times felt more like a campaign rally. >> hello, montana. >> reporter: president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a supportive audience not before offering his media critiq
steps back to the fray. he's headed to montana for another meeting on health care reform. correspondents are fanned out across the nation tracking every side of the debate. >>> we begin with major developments in the deadly midair crash over the hudson river. for this morning, for the first time, we're seeing the moment of impact. the tragic collision caught on home video by an italian tourist and obtained by nbc news. the images offer incredible insight to what went wrong. a warning that some of you will find the images incredibly difficult to watch. oh, my god. oh, my god. >> nine people die in that crash. when you slow down the footage, you can see the aircraft attempting to turn and climb at the last second only to clip the helicopter with its right wing. this morning, nearly a week after the crash, the faa is taking a very close look at two air traffic controllers on duty that day. our susan candiotti has been working the story all night. she joins us now. a couple of people are in serious trouble here with the faa? >> right, john. one employee wasn't even in the building where he w
holding a town hall meeting this afternoon on health care reform outside bozeman, montana. he's expected to talk about a part of the plan that's designed to prevent insurance companies from dropping or limiting coverage for people with serious illnesses. >>> many of you have been asking for more information really, so many questions about the health care reform. there is one central place where you can find answers now. go to cnn.com/healthcare. there you will find coverage of the town halls including how to find one near you. you can upload your town hall i report and there's also information on the leading overhaul plans, the sticking points, the key players working to shape health care legislation. i know a lot of it is very confusing and seems con volume late -- con v. >>> an armed man got a beat down. the suspect walks in pointing his weapon at the owner's wife. the husband, look at him go, tackles him from behind, wrestles him out the door. they actually fought for ten minutes before police got there. >> i was thinking maybe something bad happen. my mother called at home and she sa
force one and ed henry tells us from big sky, montana, that instead of just sightseeing the president is mixing business with pleasure. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business, buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> fist rst of all, the man who working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisors admit the fight has reached a critical age. the opposition has gained steam, capitalizing on anger over debt the and bailout at town hall meetings. >> where does that state that government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame. though he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep
to the health care battle, which shifted west today. president obama flew to montana, in a conservative town in a conservative state, to hold a town hall meeting and press his case for health care reform. while it was generally a friendly audience, the president specifically asked to hear from his critics. >> keep getting the bull, that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. but you have no money. the only way you're going to get that money is to raise our taxes. >> you are absolutely right that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. even after reeliminate some of the waste and we've gotten the savings from within the health care system, that's only two-thirds. and the other third, we would have to find additional revenue, but it wouldn't come on the backs of the middle class. >> while dozens of town halls are being held across the country, a lot of the action is happening in washington. groups with a keen interest in how health care plays out, and with deep pockets, are all hiring capitol hill lobbyists and doing so at a break taking rate. here'
. >>> president obama faced more skeptics of his health care plan in in montana yesterday and one of the toughest questions was about how the government will pay. what obama will do to cover for 46 million uninsured americans. as ed henry reports, the president admitted it won't be easy. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state senior's senior and chairman of the finance committee max baucus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisers acknowledge the fight has reached a critical stage because the opposition has gained some steam. capitalizing on anger over federal bailouts and debt at many congressional town hall meetings. >> -- the government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: b
in montana and another one tomorrow in colorado. >>> in washington, it's damage control. the white house downplays reports it made an $80 billion back room deal with drugmakers. >>> spilling secrets. why is the man known for keeping secrets now penning his own tell-all? is cheney trying to score or settle with his former boz president bush? >>> good morning, everyone. i'm carlos watson. terrific hour coming to you. republicans strategist kevin madden and sarah taylor and laura tyson and plus we talk to the filmmakers behind hbo new documentary "the fixer." and savannah guthrie at the white house and prime time ed shultz is joining us in the studio. here are the top headlines. nbc news obtained dramatic video of the air collision over the hudson river. it's incredibly disturbing to watch. a warning to people. it captured the moment where a plane and helicopter collided and killed all nine board. >>> a final farewell to eunice shriver kennedy. friends and family are gathered today in massachusetts to say good-bye to the 88-year-old humanitarian who is most notably associated with the found
're live in the "cnn newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> arkansas, montana, light-years from the corridors of power, so today power comes to them. members of congress and president obama holding health care town halls in those states and more as we near the halfway point in a make-or-break month. the big event of the day starts an hour and 45 minutes from now. president obama in big sky country pitching reform to what may be the toughest audience yet. you'll see it live right here in the "cnn newsroom." >>> i just hope he rests easy finally. i hope it gives his family some peace. captain scott speicher's navy buddies speaks for the entire country, really, as the gulf war pilot is honored and laid to rest. early this morning thousands of people began lining the streets of jacksonville, florida, for captain speicher's funeral procession, after a public memorial at the city's veteran wall, the motorcade slowly driving by his church, his old high school, bound for a private family burial. this final salute comes 18 years after he was shot down over iraq and disappeared
for reconstruction. >>> the government wants to know who killed one of montana's largest grizzly bear. u.s. fish and wildlife said they are offering a substantial reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot the bear. the carcass of the grizzly was found on a ranch in northern montana. the bear, maximus weighed in at 800 pounds and stood nearly 7 1/2 feet tall. >>> we'll check in with reynolds for the forecast. >> although bill is moving away, the storm will create rip currents along the coast, main coast, virginia beach and carolinas. you need to watch for that danger. as the storm moves on we'll see a chance of scattered showers forming across parts of the northeast to the lakes of new york as far south as, say, pennsylvania back into portions of the carolinas. may deal with raindrops. same story in parts of florida. on i-95 corridor, i-55. nice and cool across much of the southeast. at least cooler than we normally get in places like atlanta and birmingham this time of year. relatively dry across the midsection. a chance of scattered showers, maybe thunderst
for that. and ed henry with the president in montana today as the president continues to push his health care plan. we'll be checking in with him and we're going to take you to arkansas with brianna keilar as she talks to a blue dog democrat who is seeing pushback from both sides of the divide. but first, this developing story for you. the nation's financial crisis. 72 banks have failed this year, and a federal judge warns that the biggest collapse of the year may still be looming. christine romans is part of the cnn money team and joins us from new york. what is the latest with colonial bank? >> it's a company for whom trouble has been brewing for sometime here. and indeed yesterday a federal judge issued a ruling essentially a restraining order borrowing any asset transfers in response a bank of america lawsuit. this is what the judge said. viewing colonial breech given the fact that colonial is on the brink of collapse and suspected of criminal accounting regularities, the potential for immediate substantial injury to bank of america is clear. the part folks are zeroing in on is that
a town hall meeting in montana. brooke hart has the latest. >> president obama heads west on a health care reform mission. >> let the record show the man left on his own. >> after a week on town hall flare-ups, the health care plan may be in trouble. 40% of americans say they are more simthetdwrick to protesters. 21% say less so. newt gingrich wants more town halls. protesters claim the president is pushing everything from abortion to euthenasia in his reform plan. >> one of the reasons we've pushed back is because of those allegations. >> ads aring paid for by drug makers and hospital and doctor groups teaming up to back the president. >> it means you kpt be denied coverage for a preexisting condition or dropped if you get sick. it means putting health care decisions in the hands of you and your doctor. >> the campaign is a counter punch to critics another town hall. the ad targets a dozen states including montana and colorado. that's where the president next makes his case for health care change, clearly behind where he thought he would be in getting reform passed. in washington, br
. president obama takes his pitch for healthcare out west. he'll hold two more town halls, one in montana today, another in colorado tomorrow. the white house is now using email and web video toss lay out its case. a group of healthcare backers will start airing tv ads in support of the plan. >> u.s. marines are gaining grnd against the taliban in afghanistan. american and afghan troops have managed to take over half of a militant-led town, and u.s. aircrafts are using missile toss drive suspects out of the mountains there. troops are trying to secure the area ahead of next week's presidential election. >> a fairfax county man is about to go out of this world. >> that's right. and his success is now inspiring local students. this trip will be patrick forrester's third time in space. the virginia native learned to love science in the classrooms of west springfield high school. he graduated in 1975, and now friends and neighbors in that community are talking about their local hero. >> yeah, it's pretty amazing. people have dreamed, they fulfill them, and it's pretty cool he's an astronaut,
barack obama brought to montana today. he's on a four-state tour to his health care reform plan. an increasingly contentious topic across the country. >> reporter: the president hielf out in montana today which is out west but as two democratic senators said the fight is fierce and you have seen all of these town halls. many in maryland and it has been kind of tough on democrats. but on president barack obama today, not surprisingly nobody got in his face. but it did get some tough questions. the president's aides say the president has been itching to deal with the toughest of questions. number one, they say he is convinced health care reform insurgent and doable. number two, he's convinced a lot of the so-called tough questions are really based on misconceptions. didn't hear any misconceptions alleged today. but the president did get the core question which is how are we going to afford all of this and here is some of what happened in montana. >> if i'm writing a check to my local church, i don't know why uncle sam should be giving me a bigger t break than the person that makes
fight for health care reform out west now as the president holds a town hall meeting today in montana and one tomorrow in colorado. it appears the president will face off with angry protesters and the first stop is planned in bozeman, montana. this meeting will folkous a provision to prevent insurance companies from dropping or limiting coverage for those who become seriously ill. >>> a picture is worth a thousand words but some say metro acted too quickly without the facts after this picture surfaced showing a metrobus driver on a cell phone while driving. the eunice kennedy shriver driver's union says the two-way radio was broken and the woman had to use the cell phone to call in a malfunction. the union denies the bus was actually moving. metro went confirm the radio issue and the driver is on paid leave. >>> judgment day in a crime spree that terrorized montgomery county for months. elderly women tied up, robbed and taxed inside their home. a judge sentenced jose garcia polara to life without parole followed by three consecutive life sentences. one of his victims died after the at
was back on the healthcare offensive today holding a town hall meeting in montana. mike emanuel reports on how his message played in big sky country. >> it had the look of a campaign appearance but this was about president obama's full court press to reform healthcare. the state was where max baucus presides and the president started it in a relaxed fashion. >> here in mon tan na, you have bears, moose and elk and in washington, you just have mostly bull. awhile the event started off with fireworks, some people challenged the president and senator baucus. >> all we get is the bull. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. you're saving here. you're saving over there. you're going to take a little money here, a little money there. but you have no money. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> you are absolutely right that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. you're right. i can't do that. so we're going to have to find some resources. >> then later, a man asked mr. obama why his industry is being portrayed as
... and tomorrow. that's our promise. that's ingredients for life. safeway. >> a restaurant in montana has a beef with president obama. when he comes to town tomorrow, ted's on tannin grill will offer a $10 bison burger to the customers there. this is spurred by the president's love of cheeseburgers. >>> let's find out what happened with the redskins. >> it was a newsworthy night. michael vick is back in the national football league. hey smart, how? well, funny you should ask. you see, after i book 10 nights, i get a free one. say i spend 2 nights at a big name hotel, 3 at a boutique, and 5 at a beach resort... and boom! free night. ( dings, monkey chatters ) ( in a baby voice ) aren't you a smart one? ( monkey laughs ) accumulate 10 nights and get a night free. welcomerewards from hotels.com. smart. so smart. >>> i am here in baltimore. did not read too much into this. the coaches got a chance to look at so many of the young players. baltimore beat washington in the first preseason game, 23-0. washington won the toss, and jason campbell completed his first two passes. he never got the offense an
passed even if it cost him a secon term. the president heads to montana today and colorado tomorrow for more town halls. meantime, a group of healthcare backers have now launched a $12 million tv ad campaign to answer the critics. and u.s. marines are gaining ground now for the battle for control of taliban-led towns in afghanistan. american and afghan troops have managed to take about half of the town, and u.s. aircraft are using missiles to attack militants. they want to secure that area ahead of next week's presidential election. >> a private funeral mass is set for today in hyannis, massachusetts, for eunice kennedy shriver. last night a prayer service was held in cape cod. shriver was the sister of the late president kennedy and the founder of the special olympics. shriver died tuesday at the age of 88. mourners praised her for her life of public service. >> she regarded the wealth she had, she'd been given t gift that she'd been given, her body. bfering her was appear asset that she was meant to use to help other people in the service of god. >> earlier in the day, hundreds of
his health reform plan today. yesterday he held a town hall meeting in montana where he got some tough questions from the 13,000 people who attended. >> with polls showing support dropping for his health care initiative president obama took the lead himself at a town hall in montana and took the heat. >> that's all we did. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> you are absolutely right. i can't cover another 46 million people for free. but let's astume it costs about $30 billion over 10 years. we do have to come up with that money. when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. that's what i said. but i said for people like myself who make more than that, there's nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who have a little bit less. that was my commitment. >> backing the president's plans are the unions, drug companies, hospitals, and doctors, the a.m.a. >> what does health insurance refo
of north and south dakota and parts of montana. we're going to continue to talk more about the weather and keep you posted with the very latest. robin? >> thank you so much. >>> if you suffered through a pay cut during poofrt this recession, there's a chance you may get some of your paycheck back. that's great news in a bad economy. plus -- whoa. they got the world on a string. we're going to take you to the world yo-yo contest. <ó<ó<ó>> time for our salute to the troops. today's salute is from a proud dad to his son. wade wants to tell his son matt keep his eyes and ears open and e change his sock often. >> good morning. i wanted to give a sharp air force salute to senior matthew fullwood. we love and miss him a whole lot and can't wait for him to return in december. >> good advice from dad. if you have somebody in the service and you want to salute them, go to cnn.com/robin so we can. >>> in about four hours a private funeral for eunice kennedy shriver is going to begin. now, a public wake was held yesterday. the sister of president john f. kenne kennedy died yesterday. sh
'm joined live from big sky, montana, chuck todd. good morning again, chuck. >> reporter: good morning, alex. >> let's talk about the president's response. what was it and did it satisfy the crowd? >> well, i think the crowd was satisfied with the answer. what the president did was, he answered specifically on this issue of paying for health care. you know, this is something that's frustrated the white house a bit. that is, from the very beginning, the president said whatever they do with health care, it is not going to add to the deficit. the problem is, you know, the general public is still seeing what government is doing in general, in seeing a big deficit, in seeing a lot of money spent. while it is true that everything they're doing, every plan they've come up will be deficit-neutral when it comes to this thing, it's just not -- that part of it is penetrating the public psyche enough, or what, because that has been something that, when you listen to these protesters and listen to the folks that have come to these town has and been upset, really the core of the upset, of why they're upse
. >> i'm brooke hart in washington. president obama today heads to montana then colorado. il
. this afternoon he told a town hall in montana. brooke hart is in washington. >> president obama has west on a health care reform rescue mission. >> fascist pig. >> let the record show that the man left on his own. >> polls show that his efforts are in trouble. 34% of americans tell "usa today" they are more sympathetic to protesters. former gop house speaker newt gingrich wants more town halls. >> within 90 days, 90% of that will disappear and you have a civil dialogue. >> one of the reasons we push back is because of the misconceptions. >> starting today, a coalition of reform allies raises the stakes in a new commercial. >> what does insurance reform really mean? >> paid for by drug makers and the biggest hospital groups in the country, teaming up with a major union to back the president. >> you cannot be denied coverage for pre-existing condition or drop if you get sick. >> it is a counterpunch to critics at town halls getting saturation coverage. one group rallying protesters, freedomworks, calls it a lot of air between big business and big government. in washington, brooke hart, nbc
is downplaying the protests by angry protesters at town hall meetings across the country, and he was in montana to post a town hall meeting of his own. in the meantime, president obama says he is not trying to vilify insurance companies. he is on an four-state tour as part of his pledge to overhaul the insurance system. >>> earlier today, eunice kennedy shriver was honored, the founder of special olympics. her daughter, california first lady maria shriver, who called her mother, quote, "skerries smart and not afraid to show it -- scary smart." her brother, cedric entered kennedy, could not attend as he continues to battle cancer -- senator edward kennedy. >>> a judge dismissed after letting air out of a tire. >>> also ahead, jon and kate plus police. what force them to go to.ir >>> we have new information about the mid-air collisions over the hudson river last weekend. just seconds before the crash, a conflict alert warningd on the dispy. appeared on the display. controllers told the ntsb they do not recall hearing those warnings. two people have been suspended, and a supervisor who was not in
in montana. brooke hart has the latest. >> reporter: president obama heads west today on a health care reform rescue mission. >> fascist pig. >> let the record show the man left on his own. >> reporter: after a week of town hall flare-ups, one poll shows his efforts in troubling. >> rationing happens now. >> reporter: 34% of americans tell "usa today" they're now more sympathetic to protesters. 21% say less so. newt gingrich wants more town halls. protesters claim the president is pushing everything from abortion to euthanasia in his reform plan. >> one of the reasons we've pushed back is because of those misconceptions. >> reporter: starting today, a coalition of reform allies raises the stakes in a new ad. >> what does health insurance reform really mean? >> reporter: the ads paid for by drugmakers, the biggest doctor and hospital groups in the country, teaming up with a major union to back the president. >> it means you can't be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition or dropped if you get sick. it means putting health care decisions in the hands of you and your doct. >> reporter: the
obama is in montana today as he continues to try to sell his health insurance reform plan. hundreds of people came out to hear the president speak in montana. he talked about the difficulty of people being tried to buy health care insurance companies because of pre-existing conditions and when they become seriously ill. the president says that his plan will put a stop to that. we are held hostage at any given moment. >> those that charge fees that people cannot afford at a time when they desperately need care. >> the president also predicted that health insurance reform will be passed this year. a landmark government study cited tens of thousands of deaths from medical errors and a investigation found low or no progress since then. the barack obama administration wants to make that a priority. this is part 2 of our series on deadly medical mistakes. >> president barack obama took office promising reforms in health care including patient safety. six months later, the new white house health czar says that the program as making progress. >> nearly $20 billion of stimulus money to kicks
his push for health care reform with a town hall meeting in grand junction, montana. the president received a polite reception at a town hall meeting in montana. steve handlesman has more. >> with polls showing support dropping for his health care initiative, president obama took the bull by the horns himself and took the heat. >> that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. the only way you will get that money is to raise your taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> you are absolutely right. i can't cover another 46 million people for freefment let's assume it costs $30 billion per year over 10 years. we do have to come up with that money. when i wa was campaigning, i promised i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. but i said for people like myself who make more than that, there is nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who got a little bit less. that was my commitment. >> backing the president's plans are some strange bed fellows, a big union, drug companies, hospitals, and doctors, the a.m.a. i
. >> reporter: while montana voted for president obama rival in the last election, and usually casts a wary eye toward washington, we were hard- pressed to find any ticket holders who didn't support a healthcare overhaul. >> i trust the government far more than i trust private insurance companies. >> tickets for this town hall were distributed on a first come, first served basis. most of the shouting was relegated far away from this hangar outside of the airport. >> what do we want? >> healthcare. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> they staked out ground nearby. >> no one knows what is on the bill, actually. but they're already opposed. >> reporter: many hope the president can better explain what it is in the legislation and redirect the debate. >> this whole conferring has devolved into a bitter argument. and i think we need to step back and say, we're very sure about what we disagree on. what do we agree on? >> reporter: president obama will face a new town hall crowd in colorado tomorrow. in belgrade, montana, manuel gallegus, wjz eyewitness news. >> eyewitness news has been asking you to e-m
house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. he has the latest from big sky, montana. chuck? >> good morning, lester. the president is out west for a working vacation. yesterday was town hall number one. today will be town hall number two in grand junction, colorado, all of it is an attempt to recapture political momentum to pass health care reform. president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow for what was billed as a town hall on health care but at times felt like a campaign rally. president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times, as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a mostly supportive audience, but not before offering his own media critique of how town halls have been covered this week. >> tv loves a ruckus. what you haven't seen on tv and what makes me proud, are the many constructive meetings going on all over the country. >> reporter: mindful of tuesday's relatively cane new hampshire town hall
and on the offensive today on health care reform. he is headed for a town hall meeting in montana during this make or break month in this push for reform. he could face a skeptical audience. ed henry reports from a region weary of big government. >> reporter: spend a day in the tiny town of livingston, montana, and you quickly see why the president's health care push is pushing big problems in big sky country, even from those he's trying to help. >> we have two kids and my husband is the only one working. >> reporter: sanja is uninsured so she gets discounted dental work at a local clinic. she voted for the president and agrees there needs to be reform but is worried about the details. >> i believe that there is a health care crisis. i really do. do i believe that the government needs to be more involved? no. because i think that they just whenever they get their fingers in the pot, it just kind of turns black. >> reporter: a common sentiment here where a second obama voter told us government is too big. >> we've just spent so much money on the stimulus and the t.a.r.p. and then we're going to add
on the heels of last night's meeting in montana. the president faced pointed but civil questions about how he will pay for the plan to reform the nation's health care system, a process that has caused his once sky high approval ratings to fall. in his weekly address, he wants the challenges to move forward. but utah senator orrin hatch rejected the charge saying americans just want the facts. >> although i strongly encourage the use of respectful debate in the town halls, we should not be stifling the discussions. there's nothing unamerican about disagreements. our great nation was founded on speaking our minds. >> reporter: the voters explain and sometimes defengd the reform legislation they are expected to undertake when they return to capitol hill next month. oncochran, abc news, washington. >> tonight, christopher dodd is out of the hospital after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. a statement from his office says the 65 year was released from a cancer center. the five-term democrat announced last month he'd been diagnosed with an early treatable stage of cancer. he expects to return
. the president heads to montana today. here o separate fact from fiction in this issue is lori robertson, managing editor at fact check.com. thank you for being here today. >> thank you. >> we have a couple of hot topics and have you separate fact from fiction. the first is the idea of youth euthanasia and palin put out the word this week that contains death panel. what is the story there? >> it's nonsense. and it sounds like something you might find in a science fiction movie but not this piece of legislation. and the truth of the matter is there is a provision in the house that calls for medicare to pay for voluntary counseling sessions between seniors and doctor on end of life care. and it's a counseling session that would cover things like a living will, hospice care, do you want to designate a health care proxy. tough decisions certainly, but things would prefer to make before they get too sick. >> but euthanasia not true. >> no. >> and the president promises that your health care will be paid for. >> well not yet, it isn't. well the health care bill would be paid for and he keeps p
and president obama may face some of those angry crowds at a town hall today in belgrade montana. a big opposition rally is planned nearby with about -- nearby with 500 expected to show up. >>> a reporter had a sitdown with the president and he's only 11 years old and won this interview with the president. >> he's lucky. damon weaver became an internet sensation during the campaign as he followed the president hoping for an interview. the president fielded questions about his basketball skills, bullying and life in the white house. take a listen. >> what is it like being president of the united states? >> well it's very exciting. it's a lot of work and there are times where you get a little warn down. but every day you have the possibility, the ability of helping other people. and if you can do that -- >> weaver signed out just like he did when the interview with joe biden and he asked the president to be his home boy and the president said absolutely. to see the interview, go to myfoxdc.com. >>> we're moving to on to another story -- on to another story with a funny man here in the stu
a future. president barack obama taking the health care battle to montana today. he told the crowd americans are being held hostage by health insurance companies that deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions or cancel coverage when people get sick. the. also acknowledged the angry crowds that lawmakers have encountered at other town halls. >> tv loves a ruckus. what you haven't seen on tv and what makes me proud are the many constructive meetings going on all over the country. >> president obama is trying to regain momentum for his health care agenda. he'll continue his push tomorrow in grand junction, colorado. >>> maryland state officials are coming up with a plan to tackle the swine flu and it includes discounted and even free vaccines for millions of people. officials say the first shots will be given to tose deemed the most vulnerable by the cdc. that's pregnant women, health care workers, children and people with chronic health proble. after that the remaining three million residents will be offered vaccinations for a tee between $20 and $20 -- $so and 20 but no one wil
to montana tomorrow to take his message there. a new coalition of drug manufacturers, union, hospitals and other medical groups launched an ad campaign today. a protester at the town hall in hagerstown yesterday wound up investigation by the secret service because of a sign he held up. let me be clear here. we are just quoting the sign. it said "death to obama and death to michele and her two stupid kids." again that's what the sign said. we're just quoting it here. the unidentified 51-year-old man was detained by washington county police who then handed him over to the secret service. so far no charges have been filed. >>> the mayor of d.c. telling fox 5 he'll take the fight over security check points as far as he can. you may remember the crime crackdown last year, police used -- police officers right there used barricades to crack down on people coming and going from trinidad trying to keep dads on just who exactly was coming into the neighborhood last month. that was ruled unconstitutional. city attorneys are asking the federal appeals court that issued that ruling to reconsider an
to reform health care. why president obama made a stop in montana and what else he did. and our 360 interview with an insurance insider who is blowing the whistle. what he says are the dirty secrets you need to know. and michael vick getting a second chance in the nfl. what about the dogs he groomed to the death? we have our hero of the week. he turns trash into tools for schools. watch. >> i was coming from at night, and i see this computer. and i thought everything was perfect. and so many computer are thrown out and so many computer are needed in kenya, and i decided i must do something. my name is jude ndambuki. i refurbish computers and send them to kenna kenya has very few resources. even a pencil is hard to get. anything that's in place to make the life of kids better is great. the computers, if they are working, then we label the name of the school on each box and we ship it to kenya. the computers are saved from poisoning our environment and they will be used for 20 years by some schools. every school is going to plant 100 trees for every computer. we're planting a tree to
today in montana, and his job over this recess is to keep his own party together and when i talked to white house officials, they believe they still have the vote within the democratic party in both the house and senate to pass health care bills. so the -- the bottom line, mark, and erin, this health care debate is somewhat more on track from a democratic point of view, not from a bipartisan point of view, but from a democratic point of view, a lot of coverage would suggest so far. >> you are being too kind to senator grassley, john. >> well -- you could be right. >> you don't -- you can be against this bill and not play that death panel fear card. >> i completely agree with you. >> he should be ashamed of himself. thank you, john harwood. >> scott cohn. developments related to the bernie madoff case. >> the massachusetts secretary of state, william galvin, rejected a settlement, multimillion dollar proposed settlement, bin of the largest madoff feeder funds. the fairfield green itch group. the fairfield greenwich group was sued in an administrative group back in april saying that
winner now. i mean, the president was in montana. he was in colorado doing these town hall forums. the one in new hampshire trying to snatch back the conversation, the agenda from the sarah palins and the newt gingrichs who had been driving a lot of the talk about imaginary death panels and things like that. and i think mickey's right. they've been playing a good inside game, but they've been playing this for months now, and that they had to, at the end of august, snatch it back shows that they weren't doing a terribly good job. and now that we're in august when people are starting not to pay attention, we'll see if the image that sits in the american people's heads when they're on the beat is that president obama, at those town hall forums, or is it back to sarah palin and death panels and all of the negative messages that the republicans have been trying to set in the american mindset? >> winners and losers from where you sit. >> i think it's right. i think that they're basically trying to survive august, right? the senate finance committee is both the winner and the loser, and
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